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Delany's the Star of Erin show

STILL turning heads ... and sods. Ronnie Delany arrived up at Stars of Erin last Saturday afternoon.

The Stars have the highest pitch in Ireland. The Olympic champion could have done his high altitude training in glorious Glencullen.

People stepped forward to shake the great man's hand. Even the local Garda had the camera out.

Ronnie sped around the track in Melbourne in 1956, and the gold medal will never lose its magic.

He took hold of a gleaming silver shovel and officially turned the sod. The building is part of a Fingal Leader-funded scheme. It should be completed by the end of July. It will be the club's new home and the focal point of the community.

It was a proud day for the Stars, who have been going since 1903.

"This has been a long-time in the planning," revealed chairman, Paudge McHugh. "It's a memorable occasion for the club. Huge effort went into making it happen."


The Stars have long had the best view in Ireland. The Hollies must have been in these parts at one stage because all you need is the air that you breathe.

"The club is going well. We have the juveniles coming up. And with the new facilities, the future is looking better than ever."

Ronnie Delany will be watching closely. "I feel very privileged to have been asked to perform this function," he stated.

"The last time I was asked to turn a sod was back in 1957, and that was at Santry Stadium, which was the inspiration of the great Billy Morton. So I have been waiting a long time for this opportunity!

"Our family have been living here for the last 40 years. It has been such a joy to be part of such a lovely, caring community and I wish everybody in the club, and in the locality, the best of good fortune."